Richard Curtis has admitted there are parts of his 2003 Christmas classic Love Actually that make him feel “a little silly,” including the lack of diversity.
The award-winning British screenwriter said there were moments in the film that are now ‘destined to feel outdated’, but that society’s love for the film is ‘really touching’.
He made the remarks as part of an hour-long special, titled The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later, which aired Wednesday on US network ABC.
Cast members, including Hugh Grant, Dame Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, also sat down with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes looks.
When asked by Sawyer if there were any parts of the film that “made your gasp”, Curtis replied, “There are things you would change, but thank God society is changing.
“My film is bound in some moments to seem obsolete. The lack of diversity makes me feel uncomfortable and a bit stupid.”
He added that the love he continued to see in the world made him “wish my movie was better.”
“There is such an amazing love that continues every minute in so many ways, all over the world, and it makes me wish my film was better,” she said.
“It makes me wish I’d made a documentary just to look at it.”
The film’s stars have also hailed Curtis as a “really good person” with a “heart of gold” in their interviews.
“It’s this heart of gold that he has,” said Dame Emma.
“He’s a really nice guy (and) in our business he’s (is) something to treasure.”
Grant added, “It’s funny, it’s a black and white thing… and (the story) comes from the heart, it’s true.”
Curtis later added, “I think the way to think about life is that every day has the potential to just be gorgeous.”
“I think when you get it right, movies can act as a reminder of how good things can be and how there are all sorts of things that we might ignore, which are actually the best moments of our lives.”
Nighy, who won a Bafta for Best Supporting Actor in the film, said the film was “wonderful to be a part of”.
“It’s amazing how it’s entered the language,” he said.
“There are people who come to me saying it helped me get through chemotherapy, or it helped me get through my divorce, or I look at it whenever I’m alone. And people do.
“People have Love Actually parties and they know it by heart. They play their soundtrack live with a live orchestra.
“It’s become loved and it’s a wonderful thing to be a part of.”
Love Actually was released in 2003 and has become a staple of the UK holiday season.
Despite a mixed critical response, the film was nominated for two Golden Globes and Nighy’s Bafta.
The story delves into different aspects of love, as shown through 10 separate stories involving a wide variety of individuals, many of whom are interconnected as the tales progress.
The story begins five weeks before Christmas and takes place in a weekly countdown to the holiday, followed by an epilogue that takes place a month later, spoken by Grant.
It also starred big British names including Colin Firth and Keira Knightly, Liam Neeson and the late Alan Rickman.